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International Patient Program
International Patient Program

Eligibility Criteria

The guidelines for acceptance of non-Canadian residents for treatment at SickKids are very strict, and are set out by the Government of Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long Term Care as well as the Canadian Medical Protective Association.

Criteria for acceptance for treatment at SickKids includes all of the following:

    • The child is under the age of 17 years, and treatment will be completed by their 18th birthday.
    • The child has complex treatment/surgical needs.
    • Treatment is not emergency or urgent in nature.
    • The required specialized treatment is not available in their home country or region.
    • There is capacity within the requested SickKids program to accept an international patient, without negatively impacting access to the program for children from Ontario and Canada.
    • There are available medical services in the child's home country to provide follow-up care once the child returns home.

SickKids cannot accept the following:

  • Children requiring emergent or urgent care;
  • Children with highly complex multi-condition medical diagnoses;
  • Children who require long-term, ongoing care or rehabilitation; or
  • Children who could be treated in their home country or region at a comparable level of care to that provided by SickKids.

 

To be eligible as an international patient, the child/family must permanently reside outside of Canada, and will travel to Toronto for the purposes of receiving assessment/treatment only. The child must return to their country of residence on he/she is discharged from SickKids.

Your child is defined as an International Patient, if he/she is less than 18 years of age and who:

    • Is the citizen of another country and permanently lives outside of Canada, and has travelled to Toronto for the purposes of receiving treatment at SickKids and who intends to return to their country of origin once the treatment is complete;
    • OR
    • Is a citizen of another country, and permanently lives outside of Canada, but is visiting/vacationing in the Toronto area and is hospitalized following an emergency situation and will return to their country of origin after treatment is complete;
    • OR
    • Is a Canadian citizen living permanently in another country, who is visiting the Toronto area and is hospitalized following an emergency situation, and who intends to return to their permanent place of residence after treatment is completed;
    • OR
    • Is a Canadian citizen living permanently in another country, and who is visiting Canada for medical treatment only, and who will then be returning to their permanent place of residence after treatment is completed;
    • OR
    • Is the child of a person who is studying in Canada on a student visa;
    • OR
    • Is the child of a diplomat or foreigner working in Canada on contract or a working permit or VISA